I took this photo of a little rocket sculpture that we have on display here in our house. I shot it using a Horseman LS 4×5 (large format) monorail camera and a Schneider-Kreuznach 210mm lens at f/16. The exposure was six seconds on Ilford Delta 100 film. The film was developed in Rodinal developer, using a 1:100 (developer:water) dilution and eighteen minutes of development.
I used a new holder for developing the film–a B’s 4×5 developing reel. But I loaded it into a slightly oversized tank–a four-reel Paterson developing tank, not a three-reel tank. I didn’t think that would make a difference, as I added plenty of developer. But I didn’t realize that the tank would float. So the right side of the negative wasn’t developed adequately. Fortunately, I had a bit of room over there, so I just cropped the image. The next time I try the B’s developing reel, I’ll put it in a smaller developing tank!
I just bought the Horseman LS camera. It’s definitely a studio camera. I’m not sure what it weighs, but it’s a beast. I like it, though. The movements on it are very clean and easy to use. In addition, not only are both standards geared for movement on the rail, but the rail itself is geared to move along the clamp that mounts it to the tripod head. This feature permits moving the entire camera body forward and backward relative to the tripod and thus relative to the subject. That is a very, very handy feature for close-up shots like this one.
As noted above, I shot this image at f/16. Depth of field is shallow because I used a relatively long lens (210mm) at a very short distance.